Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – The Tourist
Recorded in just a week,
Alec Ounsworth’s fifth record as Clap Your Hands Say Yes,andhis second since his original bandmates bailed, has an urgency and inventiveness about it, but often veers into being a tad whiny.
Fireproof smacks of stilted, videogame soundtracking thumping repetitively, while Unfolding
Above Celibate Moon (Los
Angeles Nursery Rhyme) is as protracted as its title, but once it gets going is full of charm. The
Vanity Of Trying, however, shows some consistency – throughout it is pacy and alluring, buzzing with a clamorous yearning. For indie rock, it’s got heart, and if on first listen it sounds two-dimensional, listen again –itbuilds.